“…Since Trump was elected in November, the number of churches in the United States expressing willingness to offer sanctuary has doubled to 800. …The faith community in general, after the election, was looking for what can we do to support the immigrant community.”

 

It’s encouraging to see that there are at least a few churches following Jesus and the scriptural mandate of hospitality, to welcome the stranger, but we still remain a nation committed to the old human tribalism embedded from tens of thousands of years of human evolution — it ain’t easy to shake it. We still remain suspicion of the other, regardless of our highfalutin religious ideals or of our status as a “Christian nation.”

Evangelicals had a large part in electing Trump. (Better to have a billionaire playboy in the White House than someone who might let too many Mexicans and Muslims through the gates.) And of course 800 churches isn’t all that many. My modestly-sized Midwestern hometown, alone, probably had somewhere around 800 churches. Even so, at least there’s a faithful remnant out there…….somewhere.

Source: From the Exodus to the Underground Railroad, Religion’s Legacy of Sanctuary | Sojourners